The recent conflict between Scarlett Johansson and Disney has been amplified under the spotlight of social media, much to the dislike of Disney who wanted to settle this behind closed doors. Due to a potential breach of contract that happened because of the simultaneous release of Black Widow, the actress has filed a lawsuit against “misogynistic” Disney.
The head of Johansson’s legal team, John Berlinski, claimed in a statement: “After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration.”
Adding, “Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public? Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalise box office receipts in order to boost Disney+ subscriptions. Yet that is exactly what happened – and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.”
Johansson’s colleagues have joined her camp, with the latest addition being her Marvel co-star Elizabeth Olsen. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Olsen said: “I’m worried about a bunch of things. Not worried on Scarlett’s behalf. But I’m worried about small movies getting the opportunity to be seen in theatres. That was already a thing pre-COVID.”
Adding: “I would like to see art films and art house theatres. And so I do worry about that, and people having to keep these theatres alive. And I don’t know how financially that works for these theatres. I do hope that there’s some sort of solution that the larger companies are coming together to keep, at least in L.A. this is going to happen.
“But when it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not,” she added. “I think she’s so tough and literally when I read that I was like, ‘good for you Scarlett.’”